Montanya Distillers Becomes the First Distillery in Colorado to be Named a Certified B Corporation®
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A celebration party is set for November 29 at the Crested Butte, Colo. Distillery
Crested Butte, Colo., November 6, 2018 – Montanya Distillers is proud to announce it is now a Certified B Corporation®. The distinction honors the rum distillery’s commitment to social and environmental sustainability. Montanya received a score of 119 from B Lab® , a nonprofit that certifies and supports B Corporations. Montanya’s score is currently 32% higher than other distilleries on the list. This certification makes Montanya Distillers the first distillery in Colorado to become a B Corp™ and the third in the country.
“It is one thing to say you operate a sustainable, environmentally responsible distillery. It is another thing to have the B Lab verify your claims in such a rigorous way. It takes the guess work out for the public, so they can be completely confident in our claims,” said Karen Hoskin, Montanya’s co-founder and owner. “I shop using the B-Corp directory, because I know what the certification means about a business, its practices and supply chains. I have wanted for years to join the ranks of certified businesses that are a true force for good in the world. We did it!”
The performance standards B Corps meet are comprehensive, transparent, and verified. The B Lab reviews and verifies many indicators such as the sourcing of ingredients, energy efficiency practices, trash and waste, non-GMO claims, employee benefits, community donations, diversity hiring practices, carbon emissions mitigation and more. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations measure a company’s impact on all its stakeholders from employees and suppliers to the community, its customers, and the environment. It’s like a Fair Trade certification, but for the whole business not a single product.
Montanya answered about 200 questions regarding its business and then B Lab verified those answers. To see the scores Montanya received for each area in its assessment visit its B Impact Report at https://bcorporation.net/directory/montanya-distillers-llc. The minimum standard needed for certification is 80 points. There are more than 2,500 companies from more than 130 industries and 50+ countries that have earned B Corp status, all with a unifying goal to redefine success in business.
To celebrate this Certified B Corporation achievement, join Montanya for a party at its Crested Butte, Colo. distillery on Thursday, November 29 at 6 p.m. The party will feature locally sourced ingredient cocktails and free appetizers. All are welcome!
To learn more about Montanya rums, Montanya’s distillery, and to see a comprehensive list of its sustainable practices visit MontanyaRum.com.
About Montanya Distillers
Montanya Distillers, a Certified B Corporation® located in Crested Butte, Colo., is a craft rum distillery in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Its distilling process uses old-world artisan traditions, combining science with art. By using just four natural American ingredients, Montanya has created aged rums that have received 18 Gold and Silver medals in international competitions. These rums reflect both Montanya Distillers’ mountain culture and a new American rum tradition. Montanya produces Platino Light rum, Oro Dark rum, and a longer-aged, limited-edition rum called Exclusiva. The company was named the 2013 Craft Distillery of the Year by the American Distilling Institute and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Learn more at MontanyaRum.com.
About B Corporations
Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 2,000 Certified B Corporations in over 130 industries and 50 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business.
About B Lab
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1. Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability; 2. Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last; 3. Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters, by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact -- and the impact of the businesses with whom they work -- with as much rigor as their profits; 4. Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media. For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net, www.bimpactassessment.net, www.b-analytics.net and www.benefitcorp.net.